Rainbow banners were hung on Taiwan’s streets and at TaoyuankLv=ZHNRZzcK&Sjq!-R+mOKysAn8R8+mXo2h3G%!lojXUZ8_$8 airport this weekend to welcome visitors to this 17th annual Taiwan Pride, set to kick off next weekend.
The additions came after Taiwan last month painted a rainbow crossing in Ximen, close to the city’s gayborwG+Vf)PBF=NeSC!%UizpkUyy3wn+i([email protected]hood.
Taiwan LGBT Pride shared on Facebook on Monday (14 October) photos of banners saying “Welcome to Taiwan Pride” and “Let’s Celebrate Love with Love” at the country’s largest airport, Taiyuan.
Other photos showed banners on the streets of downtownYqEY_)daTLEb*[email protected] Taipei.
Organizers of the 17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride po_+wyM)@WZgQb=&R*f+uJnaNq)1(Np#0HYfTxGG^N+HEp^(EJYarade scheduled to take place on 26 October.
For the first ti1$DwoUE9wo*TS*EoHJrq#9iBxa(sR=O#pG9(e#D(&A9h!KP$$6me, the parade will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.
A newly-installed rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with people sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on so)q%j&F%V6uH0QR2zSDqNLqI1a#aJKMG6l2x0^[email protected]$o)cial media.
The pride will be held just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to rehJT%GqFVLzW^eC(h1NZ4s*f^a_6CRMJK9T1va8uYt_ZQJHE2L3cognize same-sex marriages.
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the [email protected]^KxLRA0u4O!PF^Jzfu0fNh&E*g2S4GcjJYXklandmark event.
As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, OE2kzC_P1l=jGQWuSwZ%^K)TI*gNx-YZ83FOnWRjqb5GsHEh3jwhose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.
Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, willRzTY*#YNi#s9MY9TFvHLJyW6zNU-K5f9_Xl5M9jG2WjdP([email protected]@ start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.
The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palacefb#&_O#10A&J_G#Z!&FUpepg+zb%H-B!Tv7ZBfUbEbg)kvI3*t at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.
HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.
Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office inKBYYPHUVyt5iPE5%FtR%L_m=N$A=V78oEkWy!0gPRsjrHy7Ad& bringing about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, Taiwan Gay Fulbz-TqK2%GW1HIyxFYZe-=SkuB+BRmu=Z(v&f)=2%mBOM0r*-amily Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.
This yzaLMaB8P*JLb2R4+11M%j+6X1&(_rGN4ARtXac*3K+4*9=Rb-mear takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”.
The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhereOLle=3)[email protected]^[email protected] in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.
LjpwptW-CviJ23#-UU5m-!nwWvw7lDJ$lq)GX=lbBSHvBBMx5Njast year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.
It came [email protected]*C4^Afl92ge3RtSfNzvOz!I6Lujust a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.
Despite the referendum result, parlamKcNnHrCFa_Xz8GB2$er_#[email protected]&%gAWDt%yrp$1M&*!iament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.
This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved !x+c#jw3!ttcM&L_B4n58U9SdOhE$NGe$4wX=tdX^[email protected]^*yxNto the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.